USA’s legal drama Suits will return for a ninth but final season, it emerged Wednesday.
A last 10 episode season will end the adventures of Harvey, Louis, Donna et al, before spin-off series Pearson, starring Gina Torres, makes its debut later this year.
The new series will focus on Suits matriarch Jessica Pearson, who relocated from New York to Chicago to enter the dirty world of politics, via a backdoor pilot last year.
Although the show adjusted to major cast changes last season, including the departures of core characters Mike and Rachel (Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle), along with the addition of Katherine Heigl as Samantha Wheeler, and the upping to series regular of Amanda Schull’s Katrina Bennett, it never quite recovered its momentum, with September’s mid-season finale “Managing Partner” dropping from 1.27 to 1.09 million viewers (down from 0.28 to 0.26 in the demo) against the season 8 premiere.
Series creator Aaron Korsh released the following statement on the cancellation:
Though I know it isn’t true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer’s very first hour long script. These days that’s a common thing, but 47 years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and [Universal Cable Productions].
First and foremost I would like to thank Alex Sepiol and Dennis Kim, without whom Suits would never have gotten made. I also cannot thank Bill McGoldrick, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Ted Chervin, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Doug Liman, Dawn Olmstead and everyone at the network and studio enough for their dedication and support throughout the years. And to the exceptional writers, cast and crew — thank you for your passion and devotion, without which, Suits would be nothing. And last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the Suits family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks — thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I’m getting the hang of this writing thing. And once that happens, nobody wins. I look forward to enraging and hopefully sometimes delighting you with the final episodes.
Finally, to my wife Kate and my children Cooper and Lucy. Thank you for enduring countless late nights and times away, for me to get to live my dream. I love you.
The long running series stars Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen, Amanda Schull as Katrina Bennett, Dulé Hill as Alex Williams, and Katherine Heigl as Samantha Wheeler.
Suits continues with season 8, Wednesdays (10-11 p.m ET) on USA Network.